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Programme Co-ordinator

Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)

  • Organization: OSCE - Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • Location: Ashgabat (Turkmenistan)
  • Grade: S-4, Seconded Position - Open for OSCE's 57 participating States - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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General Minimum Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working with the OSCE are:

  • Excellent physical condition
  • Possession of a valid automobile driving license and ability to drive using manual transmission
  • Ability to cope with physical hardship and willingness to work extra hours and in an environment with limited infrastructure
Field of Expertise Requirements

The general minimum requirements for working in this field of expertise are:

  • University education in international studies, public policy, political science or law or related fields
  • Diplomatic experience or experience working in political affairs with international organizations or governments
  • Experience in preparing analytical reports
  • Excellent communication and drafting skills
  • Knowledge of regional political history and developments
  • Diplomatic and negotiating skills
  • Some knowledge of the OSCE principles and commitments
Level of Professional Competence Requirements

Furthermore, this level of responsibility requires the following:


Second-level university degree/certified training course in relevant field; second-level degree in a management discipline is an asset. A first-level university degree in combination with two years of additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the second-level university degree.


Minimum 10 years relevant, diversified and progressively responsible professional experience including at least 5 years at the management level relevant to the actual position

Mission Specific Requirements

Additionally, this particular post has specific requirements:


  • Strong management skills, particularly in personnel, logistics, administrative and financial matters;
  • Experience in dealing with press and media;
  • Professional fluency in English and working knowledge of Russian language, both oral and written, and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely; working knowledge of the Turkmen language is an asset;
  • Flexibility and ability to work under pressure and within limited timeframes as well as the ability to solve problems effectively and efficiently;
  • Good inter-personal skills with the ability to work objectively and impartially in a complex political and cultural environment;
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, with people of different cultural and religious backgrounds, different gender, and diverse political views, while maintaining impartiality and objectivity;
  • Ability to operate windows applications, including word processing and email.


  • Previous international work experience and/or experience in field missions;
  • Experience in results-based programme development and management.
Tasks and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Head of Centre (HoC), the Programme Co-ordinator will perform following duties:

  1. Assisting the HoC in strategic direction and management of the Centre programme activities in accordance with the Centre's mandate;
  2. Advising the HoC on daily administrative, management, policy, and programmatic matters;
  3. In co-ordination with the Chief of Fund Administration, overseeing the preparation of annual planning and budgeting documents such as Programme Outline and Unified Budget submission;
  4. Co-ordinating the preparation of various Centre reports; providing inputs into documents; editing and consolidating reports for submission;
  5. Assisting in the co-ordination of the Mission activities with the Government, international organizations, OSCE Institutions and the civil society;
  6. Monitoring programme implementation utilizing relevant programme management tools (activity planning, projects, budget issues);
  7. Acting as Alternate Programme Manager for three thematic dimensions;
  8. Replacing the HoC in his/her absence;
  9. Performing other duties as required.

For more detailed information on the structure and work of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat, please see:  


The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages the nomination of qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and social backgrounds. Please note that nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are not eligible to apply.

Candidates should, prior to applying, verify with their respective nominating authority to which extent financial remuneration and/or benefit packages will be offered.

Please apply to your relevant authorities several days prior to the deadline expiration to ensure timely processing of your application. Delayed nominations will not be considered.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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